"Last week I visited Utah for a football camp," Noble recalled. "It was real fun. I didn't expect it to be what it was. Fresh air ... it was just real chill there. I liked it a lot. I talked to the coaches and they're real cool ... real laid back. You know how (some coaches) try and (pressure you) to come? It wasn't like that there. It was just chill the whole time."
As much fun as Noble had visiting Utah, who will soon be joining the Pac Ten conference, he had just as good a time at Wake Forest, even though he was more familiar with the school going into the trip.
"Wake was real fun too. I always love going up there to visit the coaches. It was a real good experience. I've been up there probably four or five times because I live about thirty minutes away. They're a great school. I've thought that from day one. It's a real good school. I'm gonna have them as one of my tops until the very end and I might pick them."
That sounds like good news for Wake Forest fans, who may already know that Noble is one of the Deacons' top prospects in the secondary from the Class of 2011.
Noble has offers from every in-state school except North Carolina, and he also has offers from schools such as Penn State, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Virginia and Wisconsin. It should come as no surprise that he enjoys an impressive national ranking as Scout.com's No. 55 safety in the nation.
He doesn't appear ready to list a school as his favorite or trim his list significantly, but these visits during the summer months will be instrumental in doing that whenever he chooses to. Noble does know what he wants in a school.
"Academics," he said, pointing to that as a top factor in his decision. "I'm looking for a school that's big on my major, nuclear engineering. I want a school I can be comfortable with for the next four or five years of my life, and I want to feel like I'm at home."